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What are the Terms for Obtaining Citizenship, Residency, and Visas in Qatar?

16 Aug, 2021
Topic: Visas and Official Documents
Intended Audience
Visitor: Student, Tourist, Business Owner
Resident: Parent, Employee

Citizenship, Visas and Permanent Residency

Visitors come to Qatar from all over the world for different reasons, such as work, study or tourism, via the available types of visas issued by Qatar’s Ministry of Interior. However, some of them come for residence for the same purposes, and this requires obtaining a residence permit according to the reason of stay for each in Qatar, while making sure to meet all the requirements specified for issuing the permit. There are also people who spend years in Qatar and eventually get a permanent residency in the country or citizenship, in some cases.

If you are seeking to obtain an entry visa to Qatar or a Qatari residence permit, or even if you want to obtain the Qatari citizenship and passport, always make sure to check all necessary details and terms to get the required approval.

Entry Visas to Qatar

The types of visas issued by the Ministry of Interior (MOI) differ as per the purpose of visit. Here are some of the important types of visas issued to those coming to Qatar:

Tourist Visas
There are three types of tourist visas, namely tourist visa (upon and before arrival), tourist visa through employer and tourist visa through Qatar Airways or hotels.

Business Visa
A business visa is issued to those who come to the country for business and investment purposes. This visa is valid for one monthly only and it is non-extendable.

Investor Residence Visa
The investor visa is granted to those coming to the country for investment. They have to submit a good conduct certificate issued from the competent authorities and proof of passing medical examination, along other required documents.

Educational Residence Visa
The Committee Reviewing Recruitment Applications at the Ministry of Interior (MOI) grants the educational residence visa to expatriate students seeking to complete their studies in Qatar.                                                                                                                

Family Visas
Family members can be invited for visit or residency via the family entry visas service.

For more details, check Visas article on Hukoomi.

Residence Permit in Qatar

The State of Qatar grants the residence permit to expatriates who have entered the country with a visa number and no previous QID number. As for those who have brought their family members, they can use this service as well to issue residence permit to them, besides following up on the applications easily.

If the terms to issue a permanent residence permit in Qatar are met, the resident can submit a request to himself/herself and the dependents of this resident to benefit from the advantage granted to permanent residency holders, and it is possible first to inquire about the eligibility for permanent residency via easy steps.

For more details, please check the article related to Permanent Residency, in addition to Residence and Work Permits on Hukoomi.

Qatari Nationality

In other cases, the State of Qatar grants the Qatari citizenship to those who meet the terms specified in accordance with Law No.38 of 2005 on Acquisition of Qatari Nationality.

In all cases, it is better to check the types of visas issued by the State of Qatar and the terms for obtaining residency or citizenship to choose the best option to you and your family members.

You can check the article regarding the terms to acquire the Qatari nationality on Hukoomi.